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Opinions Dec. 1, 2010

December 1, 2010
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
William R.D. Britt v. State of Indiana
02A03-1004-CR-253
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony robbery, Class D felony criminal recklessness, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. The trial court didn’t abuse its discretion in refusing to allow Britt’s counsel to introduce evidence of his brother Brandon’s prior robbery conviction.

Robert Segar v. State of Indiana
49A02-1003-CR-269
Criminal. Reverses conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Segar’s detention following an investigatory stop wasn’t supported by the requisite reasonable suspicion.

David E. Stutsman v. State of Indiana (NFP)
87A01-1003-CR-187
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine, Class D felony possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, Class D felony possession of methamphetamine, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Elizabeth Littlefield v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A02-1003-CR-266
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Demond Withers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
49A04-1003-CR-182
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Michael Calhoun v. State of Indiana (NFP)
25A05-1003-CR-227
Criminal. Affirms partial denial of motion to correct erroneous sentence and denial of motion to correct error.

Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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